Breakfast with Annie

Sometimes when Buck feels my contentment vibes from all the way across the room, he says, "Just listen to the big cat purr." It's that kind of morning.


"Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts? Can the writer renew our hope for literary forms? Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? Why does death so catch us by surprise, and why love? We still and always want waking. We should amass half dressed in long lines like tribesmen and shake gourds at each other, to wake up; instead we watch television and miss the show."

from Annie Dillard's  The Writing Life

5 thoughts on “Breakfast with Annie

  1. I’ve read Annie’s book. It’s a true inspiration for those of us who write. I must pull it off my bookshelf and peer again at the beauty that dwells between its covers.


  2. Wonderful reminders! I love Annie Dillard’s writing and have read all of her books. She’s really just amazing, isn’t she?
    I got the copy of the memoir journal and look forward to reading it!


  3. visiting from the randomness of linking through keyboard clicks.
    I was caught by your writing style and will revisit to read some more posts if you don’t mind.
    I read this quote months ago, just this year starting my own writing, and to see it again here today , when I was doubting.. well thank you. Funny this. Good that.


  4. I simply must get this book. I absolutely love Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Is that right?) but it’s been many years since I read it, and now, am thinking a re-read is in order? I came here via deb and was caught by your address…the family and I returned from vacationing at pensacola beach just today.
    i think i’m in love.
    still have sand in my shorts and sun in my eyes.
    having trouble stepping back into real life…
    but reading your words have extended the vacation a little while.


  5. Love it – Writing Life is on my nightstand, too. Dillard is one of my favorite writers. Holy the Firm, the essay “Expedition to the Pole,” Pilgrim, sigh.


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